Adams Papers

From Thomas Boylston Adams to Joseph Pitcairn, 7 September 1798

Berlin 7th: September 1798.

Dear Sir

I thank you for your favor of the 4th: and the enclosures therewith for my brother. Although one of these letters was from home of the 14th: July it contains no news but what you will have collected from the Captn.

Logan is received & the Embargo nominally raised, but too equivocally yet to be trusted. Wonderful act of justice & generosity! Why, all the ships embargo’d in their ports dont amount I dare say to a dozen. If more, so much the worse for the owners. Certainly however the vessels caught in the snare made in point of value no object to the generous Directory; but an Embargo raised as a proof of pacific intentions reads just as well in a newspaper, when only one ship or even a fishing schooner is released by it, as if all the British navy were the prize renounced. You must know too, that for the raising of this embargo the merit is claimed by several pretenders, neither of which, probably brought it about. No! It is a gratuity from the Exc: Dy; for which however the patriots in America must not fail to be abundantly grateful.

Our Congress adjourned or rose towards the middle of July. I hope their Successors will in general be stauncher men. The present Gentlemen finally did some good & spirited things, but the tares were much too numerous in the wheat.

I can now say positively to you, that I go out by the first vessel, which you will undertake to recommend. If the Elizabeth L. M, which you mention be homeward bound & soon, after seeing the accommodations & asking terms of passage. I will thank you, if you approve them to take my passage letting me know what provision I must make for the voyage, separate from the Captains fee. I shall of course wish to stay here as long as the delay of the vessel will permit, though the necessary preparations for the voyage will probably require my presence a few days prior to embarkment. I presume that all I can want may be had at short notice.

I send this letter by a private hand; a young Gentleman who accompanies his father to England, to obtain a Commission in the Army. His stay at Hamburg will be only a single day and if that should suffice to bring you acquainted with him I shall be very happy, as he is a particular friend of mine, and belongs to a family here for whom I have much esteem & regard. His name is Brown & his father is physician to the king.

I am, dear Sir, very truly / your’s

T. B. Adams

OCHP: Pitcairn Papers.

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